POLITICAL ANIMALS - EPISODE ONE - PILOT (2022)

POLITICAL ANIMALS - EPISODE ONE - PILOT

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]

[INTERIOR - ELAINE’S OFFICE - DAY]

ANDREA MITCHELL (ON TV)

What a day for American politics. Former First Lady, governor of Illinois and candidate for President of the United States, Elaine Barrish Hammond, just minutes from addressing the pack ballroom at the Cliff Hotel in Chicago, there’s not much you can say about the governor that hasn’t been said.

[The camera pans away from the television to show ELAINE BARRISH from behind. She is sitting in a chair at a desk in an elaborate room, preparing for her concession speech. ELAINE stands up, and walks over to a rack of clothing, deciding what to wear.]

ANDREA MITCHELL (V.O.)

She’s been called everything from a feminist liberal icon to an opportunistic closet conservative– Cold and ambitious, to warm, charming, and unfairly maligned. But no matter your opinion, you have to admire what she has accomplished. Democrat or Republican, man or woman, watching this room, it is impossible not to feel a sense of history today.

[INTERIOR - BALLROOM/THEATRE - DAY]

[The room is full of cheering supporters holding campaign signs for Elaine, and a row of TV reporters are standing off to the side reporting on it.]

MSNBC REPORTER

That’s the sound of the Hammond family now entering the ballroom.

[MSNBC’s news layout encompasses the screen, showing both the reporter and what is happening in the ballroom. Camera cuts to a shot of DOUGLAS HAMMOND and ANNE OGAMI as they move through the crowd and climb the stairs to the stage in the front of the room.]

MSNBC REPORTER

First is Douglas Hammond with his girlfriend Anne. Douglas taking a leadership role in his mother’s campaign. Some say he has quite a future of his own in politics.

[Camera cuts to a THOMAS (TJ) HAMMOND as he approaches the stage.]

MSNBC REPORTER

And of course, directly behind them is Thomas, referred to as TJ in Hammond circles. Everyone kept waiting for his homosexuality to be an issue, but, nope, it never was.

[Camera cuts to MARGARET BARRISH as she makes her way into the room.]

MSNBC REPORTER

The governor’s mother is now entering the room. Always a fixture in a Hammond campaign, dating back to both of Bud Hammond’s successful runs for the presidency.

[The crowd grows louder, and the camera cuts to BUD HAMMOND entering the room.]

MSNBC REPORTER

If you can’t hear anything, that’s because Bud Hammond just entered the room. Man, they love this guy. Former President Hammond got himself into a bit of trouble in the last six months calling directly into question Garcetti’s competency for the job.

[“Shining Light” by Annie Lennox starts playing, as the camera cuts to a wide shot of the crowd.]

MSNBC REPORTER

Governor’s theme song signaling her entrance. This kind of enthusiasm is usually reserved for her husband, but it’s not his name they’re shouting now.

[The camera cuts to ELAINE entering the room, shaking hands with her supporters as she makes her way to the stage. Once onstage, she stands behind the podium, smiling appreciatively at the crowd, her family lined up behind her.]

ELAINE

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Okay, please.

Earlier today, I called Senator Garcetti to congratulate him on a tough and hard-fought primary but a primary worthy of the people of this party and of this great nation. Although we were not successful in securing the nomination, this campaign has had so many victories, and I want to take a moment to say something to the young women and little girls who joined our cause.

Please, don’t be discouraged by my loss. As sure as I stand here, and because I stand here, one day, one of you will be the President of the United States of America, and that is a day this woman plans on living to see.

[The crowd erupts into cheers and applause. ELAINE smiles at the crowd, but there is a sadness in her eyes.]

[INTERIOR - THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE THE BALLROOM - DAY]

[Cut to the hallway, which is lined with Elaine’s staff members, still cheering her on as the Hammond family exits the ballroom. ELAINE first, followed by TJ and DOUGLAS, and then MARGARET and BUD.]

A WOMAN

Mr. President, can you sign my pin?

BUD

Oh, you betcha.

MARGARET

Keep walking, Bud.

BUD

Uh, excuse me.

THE WOMAN

Why can’t you run again, Mr. President?

BUD

Would if I could, honey. Would if I could.

[INTERIOR - ELAINE’S OFFICE - DAY]

[ELAINE is standing by the window, smoking, MARGARET and TJ are sitting next to each other on a sofa, and DOUG and ANNE are standing next to the buffet and drink tables that have been set up. There are a few staff members present as well.]

BUD (entering the room)

There have been some serious screw-ups that have happened in this party’s history, but none, none as historic as this horseshit.

MARGARET (to TJ)

I need a drink. Just give me two fingers with a little Diet Coke. I have to watch my figure.

TJ

Come on, you’re a hottie, Grandma.

[TJ kisses MARGARET on the cheek.]

MARGARET

Oh, all you homos love me. It’s the rich, straight guys I’m worried about.

BUD

What retard with half a brain thinks that Italian shit show is gonna win the general? Florida, gone. Texas, sayonara.

DOUGLAS (to ELAINE)

Arnie wants to make sure you’re still good sitting down with the majors in an hour.

BUD

If this party thinks we’re lifting one finger to help that douche get elected, they’ve got another thing coming.

ELAINE

Enough, Bud.

BUD

Don’t feel bad, babe. Garcetti had the press corps eating right off his nut sack. Even in my prime, he’d have been a challenge. I would’ve licked him for sure, but -

ELAINE

I said be quiet! Can we have the room, please? Now?

[Everyone looks around awkwardly, then slowly file out.]

ELAINE (to SAM, the secret service agent)

It’s okay, Sam. If I wanted to assassinate him, I would have done it years ago. In his sleep.

BUD

I should have campaigned more. They had me spending so much time in North Carolina, you’d have thought I was running for governor.

ELAINE

You know, I know, given your epic levels of narcissism, that it’s impossible for you to fathom this loss has nothing to do with you, but imagine for a moment that it doesn’t. The country loves you, Bud. They will always love you. It’s me they have mixed feelings about.

BUD

Now, now, sugar -

ELAINE

Please don’t give me that crap about how the people would love me if they just knew me. It’s been 20 years, okay? They know me. I hate campaigning. It’s an Olympic sport in hypocrisy. Fat smokers droning on and on about their shitty medical coverage, smiling when babies with runny noses are shoved in my face, and most of all, I hate lying. I hate lying and telling people that things are gonna get better when they never will. You believe the lie, and that is why you have won every election you’ve ever been in, and that’s why Garcetti is going to win, too.

BUD

Bullshit.

ELAINE

That man is going to be elected president, and if you don’t get in line, you are going to be be iced out.

BUD

I left office with an 84% approval rating. I am the most popular Democrat since Kennedy had his brains splattered across the Dallas concrete. Baby, I am the meat in the Big Mac of this party, right? The white, creamy center of its Oreo-freakin’-cookie, and that greasy, Michael Corleone knockoff needs me to win this son of a bitch. Plain and simple.

ELAINE

You bastard. It’s the hardest moment of my professional life, and you can’t even pretend to make this easier for me?

BUD

You’re asking me to eat shit. Now, I held the highest office in the land, an office only 41 men before me ever held. I don’t eat shit, I serve it.

ELAINE

I’m going back to Springfield tonight. You can use the room at the Four Seasons. We’ll still have the campaign jet but it’s better if you hitch a ride with Carslen or one of the other donors. My office will work it out with yours. And no need to worry about the state chairs. I will take care of that this week.

[ELAINE gets ready to leave. As she stands by the door, she turns back to BUD.]

ELAINE

Oh, and Bud? I want a divorce.

[“Nobody’s Baby” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings plays as ELAINE walks across the floor of the now empty ballroom, the Secret Service agents in her wake.]

[WASHINGTON, D.C. - 2 YEARS LATER]

[INTERIOR - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - DAY]

[ELAINE is sitting with a reporter, SUSAN BERG, being interviewed.]

SUSAN BERG

So, that was it– after 32 years of marriage you were compelled to ask for a divorce the night you conceded the nomination?

ELAINE

It’s not news that journalists have accused me of divorcing my husband for political gain, it’s just they don’t usually work for the nation’s leading paper, Ms. Berg.

SUSAN

When he was president, you stayed. You left when you lost your shot at the presidency. It’s a fair assumption that politics had something to do with it.

ELAINE

You won a Pulitzer in your 20s for covering his affairs, did you not?

SUSAN

I did.

ELAINE

I’m curious, what is it like launching your career by stepping on the throat of someone else’s marriage?

SUSAN

His adultery was a story; I covered it.

ELAINE

No Pulitzers to speak of since, though?

SUSAN

No.

You went to work for the Garcetti campaign immediately after your loss, developing quite a rapport with the president, then still Candidate Garcetti.

[FLASHBACK]

[EXTERIOR - A CAMPAIGN STOP IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DAY]

[ELAINE stands on a stage in a crowd of people.]

ELAINE

Hello, Atlanta! Looking good! How would you like to meet the next President of the United States?

[GARCETTI joins her onstage.]

ELAINE

You know, I’m sure if you ask nicely, we can get the senator here to show off some of the dance moves he’s been sporting lately.

GARCETTI

Only if you join me, Elaine.

[They dance on stage as “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers plays and the crowd cheers.]

[Cut back to the present day interview with SUSAN and ELAINE]

SUSAN

Any truth to the rumor that you turned down the veep position and asked for State?

ELAINE

I’m on record as saying I did not want to be Secretary of State.

SUSAN

But you said yes.

ELAINE

I’m old-fashioned that way. When the president asks you to serve, you serve.

[Montage of photographs depicting ELAINE in her position as Secretary of State.]

[FLASHBACK]

[RUSSIA - INTERIOR]

[ELAINE stands in front of a room of people giving a speech.]

ELAINE

I’d like to express my gratitude to the Russian foreign minister for this exquisite Chuvashian scarf.

THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Spasibo.

ELAINE

Our goal this week is to prepare for the Tripartite Energy Summit with the Chinese government.

[The RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER grabs her rear end as she is talking.]

ELAINE

There is much our three countries have in common and I have no doubt that it will prove enlightening for all of us.

[Cut to them walking in hallway outside the press room.]

ELAINE

Did you enjoy the ass grab, Viktor? Good. Because the next time you touch me, I’m gonna rip off your tiny, shriveled balls and serve them to you in a cold borscht soup. [In Russian] I will fuck your shit up. Do you hear me?

THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Da.

[Cut back to present day interview]

SUSAN

By most polls, if you ran today, you would win in a landslide, defeating the last four presidents, including your ex-husband.

Madame Secretary, you have to agree the former President has struggled since your divorce. Recently he’s been romantically linked to TV star Eva Flores. A union that hasn’t helped his descent into political ignominy.

[Cut to BUD at a restaurant with another man.]

BUD

I’m telling you, Eliot, I need to release another book.

ELIOT

In all due respect, Mr. President, the timing just isn’t right for you now. I just wouldn’t want to jeopardize your quote. It’s the best one a former President’s ever gotten for a, a memoir.

BUD

Yeah, well, maybe I’ll write it anyway. You know, there’s a story to be told here that the mainstream media’s ignoring. President Goombah Shitface says he wants to be a different president than me, then he goes and hires half my administration, including my ex-wife, who who should be renamed Secretary of Save His Greasy Dago Ass. Can I get another Johnny Walker, please? Now, who is that gorgeous piece of tail at the bar? Keeps looking over here. Looks familiar.

ELIOT

Eva Flores. She’s on that show where the doctors bang each other. Uh, Hawaii Medical.

BUD

Excellent program. Now that is one gifted woman.

ELIOT

I hear those breasts are insured by the network.

BUD

Get out of here. How does that work?

ELIOT

Something happens to her, she gets hit by a car, or a piano falls on her boobs or something, they’re covered.

BUD

Why don’t you see if she’ll come over?

[Cut to a short while later - BUD and EVA are sitting alone at a table with drinks.]

BUD

Hawaii, how are you?

EVA

Oh, you’re so funny, Mr. President.

BUD

Call me Bud, darling.

EVA

Well, that’s gonna be strange, but I’ll try. You’re pretty sexy, Bud.

BUD

See? Not so hard.

EVA

I’d say it is. So the rumors are true.

BUD

Tom! Bring the car around.

[Cut to BUD and EVA having sex.]

EVA

Oh! Oh, yeah! Oh, yes, Mr. President. Yes, Mr.

President!

[Cut back to the interview]

ELAINE

I haven’t watched her show, but I hear she’s very talented.

SUSAN

Have you seen him since the divorce?

ELAINE

Bud? No.

SUSAN

So tonight’s the first time, huh? Any residual feelings there?

ELAINE

If there were I wouldn’t tell you. What are you really after, Ms. Berg?

SUSAN

To follow the Secretary of State for the week of her son’s engagement party.

ELAINE

Spare me the bullshit. We’re off the record. My office informed me that we were given a choice, either I let you cover me the week of Douglas’s engagement, or you were gonna run a piece about my other son Thomas’s difficulties with sobriety. An empty threat. Except that you managed to obtain a sealed document regarding one night last December.

SUSAN

I did.

ELAINE

You’re a newspaper. That’s news, and yet you traded it for a week with me. Which brings me to my original question. What are you really after?

SUSAN

Like any good reporter, Madame Secretary, I want the truth. Why did you ask your ex-husband for a divorce that night? Was he too much political baggage for you to recreate yourself in the face of such a setback, or did you just think your political career was over, so you no longer had to tolerate his rampant infidelity? Were you surprised at the public’s reaction to the split? That the President was suddenly despised for the same repugnant sexual behavior that the country used to find roguish and cute? That you were suddenly beloved after having been viewed for so long as a cold and calculating political animal? And lastly, do you regret staying with him for so long? Was it worth it if you didn’t get the grand prize, the gold glittering tiara of the Presidency?

[INTERIOR - DEPARTMENT OF STATE - DAY]

[ELAINE leaves the interview, DOUGLAS and an aide at her side.]

AIDE

How’d it go?

ELAINE

Can you remember what my mother called her?

AIDE (laughing)

A bitch with a capital “C.“

ELAINE

She undersold it. And I should know, being a card-carrying member of the club myself.

[They walk through the halls and Elaine’s secretary ALICE comes up to her.]

ALICE

Madame Secretary, Bolivian Embassy’s office on the line. They’ve been holding for 20 minutes. Also Undersecretary Bradford and Secretary Rivera’s office are also on hold, they say it’s important.

ELAINE

Tell Rivera’s office to hold, the rest I’ll call back. (To DOUGLAS, who looking at his phone.) Put that away.

Put it away. Are you certain there’s no way I can get out of the remainder of this?

DOUGLAS

Not unless you’re cool with the world finding out what happened with TJ, or with what he might do once the world finds out.

ELAINE

And when the Times or the Post get a hold of the story, do we just give them whatever they want, too?

AIDE

Susan Berg despises you. She’s wanted a sit-down since you sequestered her from Bud’s White House. Well, she finally figured out how to get one. No one else of merit is going to chase this.

DOUGLAS

They’re not.

AIDE

See you later?

(Video) 'Political Animals' Trailer

DOUGLAS

Yeah.

[AIDE leaves.]

ELAINE

Thomas is coming tonight, right?

DOUGLAS

Yeah, yeah, he wants to talk with you and dad about the, uh, nightclub.

ELAINE

The nightclub? Oh, Christ.

DOUGLAS

I already told him you won’t do it.

ELAINE

I won’t.

DOUGLAS

Hey, are you even sure you want dad there tonight?

ELAINE

You know, if I’m finally gonna be in the same room with Anne’s parents, and your father, and his actress girlfriend, I would rather not do that on the night of the engagement party.

[ALICE enters.]

ALICE

The Secretary dropped off. He’s gonna meet you at the White House now. You’re being called in.

ELAINE

What did they screw up this time?

[INTERIOR - WASHINGTON POST OFFICE - NIGHT]

[SUSAN and a colleague, RUSS are talking.]

SUSAN

I forgot what a flaming-bitch-on-wheels that woman is. Whatever feud exists, she started. I mean, one little comment about her epitomizing the death of feminism and they banned me from the White House for six years. I couldn’t even go to the Easter Egg roll. I love the Easter Egg roll.

RUSS

Uh, hey, just remember that you have the Secretary’s salon tonight. So you might want to go home and, uh, change before that.

SUSAN

What’s wrong with what I’m wearing? I wear one outfit a day. I’m not Beyonce.

RUSS

Yeah, no, it’s fine. It’s just, uh, it’s not incredibly salon-y, I guess.

SUSAN

Russ, exactly how many political salons have you been to?

RUSS

Zero.

SUSAN

Yeah, none. Yeah. There you go. Bye.

[SUSAN looks out her office window into the office across the hall and sees GEORGIA GIBBONS flirting with her boyfriend and boss, ALEX.]

ALEX

My own candle.

GEORGIA

You blow it out. Blow out the candle.Blow it out. Blow it out.

SUSAN

Somebody blow something quick.

GEORGIA

Hey, we’re celebrating. My blog hit over one million unique users this month. So I made cupcakes.

SUSAN

That’s great, Georgia.

GEORGIA

You know, if you ever wanted to contribute, it would be a complete honor.

SUSAN

I’d love to. I could share my favorite dating tips, or, uh, revealing beauty secrets.

GEORGIA

Uh, well, I should get back to work. I’m filing my story on what Eva Flores might be wearing to the Hammond engagement party.

SUSAN

Better hurry before Woodward files it first.

GEORGIA

You’re going to the Secretary’s salon tonight, right?

SUSAN

Yes, I am.

GEORGIA

I’m sure it’s pretty casual.

SUSAN

She is the journalistic equivalent of a weather girl.

ALEX

Claws in. She looks up to you.

SUSAN

Well, I don’t trust her. If Eve Harrington were an actual person today, she would look like Georgia. She would bake cupcakes, and she would have a blog. And her little crush on you is growing irritating.

ALEX

Don’t worry, I got a crush on somebody else.

SUSAN

We’re at work.

ALEX

Babe, we live together. Everybody knows.

SUSAN

Yeah, well, you’re a guy and my boss. If we kiss at the office, you get high fives. I get glares from people who think, “That whore is sleeping with our editor. I’m sorry. It’s this Barrish interview. It’s got me in a mood. She brought up the Pulitzer.

ALEX

If the world only knew how insecure you actually are.

[Phone rings. ALEX answers it.]

ALEX

Alex Davies. Gary, slow down. All right, just hang on a second, let me, I got a pen. All right, talk to me. Something happened in Iran.

[INTERIOR - LALEH HOTEL, TEHRAN, IRAN]

[A few people sit at desks with laptops and newspapers. Military men with guns burst in, yelling in Arabic. The people at the desks are arrested.]

[INTERIOR - SITUATION ROOM, WASHINGTON, DC]

[ELAINE sits in the situation room with PRESIDENT GARCETTI, VICE PRESIDENT FRED COLLIER, DOUGLAS, and a room full of other officials, receiving an intelligence briefing.]

OFFICIAL

At approximately 0930 this morning, Iran Standard Time, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence apprehended three American journalists in Tehran. The Iranian military moved them to a facility where they were interrogated, until they each signed a confession admitting to spying on behalf of the American government. Now President Hakam’s administration has just released the names of the journalists, all three of whom are of Iranian-American descent, and made a statement promising a swift trial within the next 48 hours.

ELAINE

Well, someone has to ask it, are they actually spies?

OFFICIAL

No. They’re innocent, but with the signed admission and a sham trial, they’ll be convicted. Hakam is promising the death penalty unless President Garcetti negotiates for their release himself, and in person.

ELAINE

You’re kidding. He wants the President of the United States to fly to Iran and beg for their release? (Laughs) What is he smoking?

[They all look at her.]

ELAINE

How long have you all known about this?

VICE PRESIDENT FRED COLLIER

Well, I, for one, am just finding out.

BARRY

I’m sorry, Mr. Vice President. We’ve only known for a few hours ourselves. We were trying to handle this internally.

ELAINE

You were trying to handle a diplomatic crisis with a hostile regime in a combustible region internally?

BARRY

Well, we figured that you had your son’s big engagement party this week– we didn’t want to bother you.

ELAINE

That is so thoughtful of you, but seeing as how I am the nation’s leading diplomat, I should probably be involved when there’s a hostage crisis.

BARRY

This is not a hostage crisis. They are wrongfully detained prisoners.

ELAINE

They’re innocent civilians being held against their will. The American people aren’t idiots.

BARRY

I don’t think that they’re idiots.

ELAINE

You ran my campaign, Barry, I know what you think of them.

GARCETTI

Elaine, you’re right. You should have been notified. Both you and Fred.

FRED

I understand, Mr. President. If there’s anything you need, I stand at the ready.

GARCETTI

Not presently, Fred.

FRED

Thank you.

ELAINE

Why would he do this? I mean, he knows you’re not going to capitulate.

GARCETTI

That’s what we’re trying to figure out. But with the expedited trial, we don’t have much time.

ELAINE

I’d like to try some other contacts, and call the journalists’ families. I’m assuming no one has done that. Right. Figures.

BARRY

Actually, there is one other thing. We’ve prepared a statement for you to read to the press -

DOUGLAS

Hey, that’s bullshit, all right? We release our own statements. That is -

BARRY

You are not your mother.

DOUGLAS

That is the department’s policy.

BARRY

You cannot talk to me–

ELAINE

Douglas.

GARCETTI

Listen, Elaine, don’t say anything you don’t want to say, but we’ve got the budget review coming next week, I’m in the middle of a standoff with the House Republicans on this EPA deal. If you can keep the press calm on this one I’d appreciate it. That’s all.

[They all get up to leave.]

[INTERIOR - DEPARTMENT OF STATE - DAY]

[In Elaine’s office, Douglas is pacing the room while ELAINE and some of her staff are seated around the room.]

DOUGLAS

I mean, could they be more incompetent? If the American people really knew how this government ran, there would be one big collective upchuck the size of which FEMA would have to clean up.

STAFF PERSON 1

We probably shouldn’t start the press conference with that.

ELAINE

Where are we with the contacts?

STAFF PERSON 2

Linus got off with his counterpart in Syria. They don’t know anything.

DOUGLAS

Every time there is a fire the administration tries to use your popularity -

ELAINE

I want the name of every foreign ambassador who’s currently in the U.S.

DOUGLAS

You know what? Let’s just forget it– let’s forget the press conference. If we don’t draw a line in the sand with Harris and the White House now -

[ELAINE gets up during DOUGLAS’S tirade and starts whacking him over the head with some rolled up papers.]

ELAINE

You could’ve gotten yourself fired for that kind of behavior in front of the President. He’s not just a boss. He’s not your floor manager at Chili’s, he is the President of the United States. And whether or not this administration is trading on my popularity is not what matters now. All that matters now are the three scared, innocent people sitting in a jail cell in Tehran, wondering what the hell their country is doing to help them. Are we clear?

DOUGLAS

Yes.

ELAINE

Hakam may be an evil bastard, but he’s not crazy. He’s on good terms with the Supreme Leader, elections aren’t for two years. Why pick a fight with us now? It doesn’t make sense.

STAFF PERSON 1

It’s the Middle East, it’s the diplomatic equivalent of instructions from IKEA. None of it makes any sense.

ELAINE (to DOUGLAS)

Go home, get ready for tonight. Make sure you still have a fiancée to have a party with this weekend. Go on.

STAFF PERSON 1

He has your sense of loyalty. He hates how they treat you and this department.

ELAINE

He hates losing. That’s not me, that’s his father. Sophia, what do you have for me?

SOPHIA

This is yet another reprehensible act by an authoritarian state.These journalists -

[Cut to ELAINE on television, giving a speech to inform the public of the situation.]

ELAINE

- have been wrongfully detained and are innocent of all charges.

The president is doing everything he can to handle the matter swiftly and to get the journalists released safely to the Swiss embassy, our de facto embassy in Iran.

TV REPORTER

The situation in Iran adds to an already busy week for the Secretary of State. Her son Douglas’s engagement is the must-attend event in DC this weekend.

[INTERIOR - ELAINE HAMMOND RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[The camera pans away from the TV, with the reporter discussing the Iranian situation, to reveal MARGARET, DOUGLAS, and TJ having drinks in the kitchen in advance of the engagement party.]

TV REPORTER

Former President Bud Hammond and girlfriend, actress Eva Flores, arrived in DC today, where the star of the hit show Hawaii Medical -

MARGARET

If I had a rack like hers, I might still be getting laid. You know, People magazine says the show actually has them insured.

[ELAINE arrives.]

ELAINE

Hello, Mother.

MARGARET

Hi, dearie.

ELAINE

TJ

TJ

Hey, Mama.

[TJ and ELAINE hug.]

ELAINE

You’re getting too skinny. (To the dogs) Hey, boys, hey, Jack, hey, Teddy, hey, Bobby.

MARGARET

You’re not going to see Bud for the first time in two years dressed like that, I hope.

ELAINE

Well, first of all, I’m divorced. Secondly, I was involved in a diplomatic crisis all day. I didn’t have time for a costume change.

MARGARET

Oh.

ELAINE

Are you two really drinking already?

MARGARET

TJ started it. He said that you can’t make margaritas with Jack Daniels.

TJ

Turns out you can.

MARGARET

Of course.

TJ

And it’s good.

MARGARET

Hey, I saw the attendee list. Why is that bitch Susan Berg coming?

ELAINE

Because that bitch is covering me this week. Please do me the favor of not talking to her, or if you must, try not saying things like the country didn’t elect me because they didn’t want to sleep with me.

MARGARET

It’s true.

[ELAINE walks up the stairs, and TJ follows her.]

TJ

Hey, so I met the investors today. I’d be one of the lead partners in DC.

ELAINE

I already told you, I am not giving you $100,000 to invest in a nightclub.

TJ

It’s a restaurant and a nightclub, and I don’t need 100, I need 50. I can get the other 50 from Dad.

[ELAINE notices a dress laid out on the bed.]

ELAINE

What’s this?

TJ

Well, I rummaged through your spare closet and found something I thought you’d look killer in tonight. Figured you wouldn’t give yourself the time.

ELAINE

I can’t fit into this.

TJ

You will. I didn’t get all the gay genes, but I got the style one.

[TJ flops down on the bed.]

ELAINE

When did I wear this?

TJ

The state dinner for the Saudi royals when I was 15. It’s right after Dad’s first affair leaked to the press. You said you bought it because it’s always important to look your best when you feel your worst.

[ELAINE sits down on the bed next to TJ.]

ELAINE

Thomas, Susan Berg has the story. She knows about last December.

[TJ sighs.]

ELAINE

She agreed not to run it if we let her cover me this week.

So we stopped her, but -

TJ

(Video) Political Animals - Pilot, Clip 1

It’s okay- no, it-it’s, it’s okay. (He tries to smile.) Occupational hazard, right? Comes with being a Hammond. They only love us when they’re not busy hating us.

ELAINE

Listen, about the nightclub. Talk to your father. If he’s in, I’m in.

[TJ’s face lights up.]

TJ

Seriously?

ELAINE

Yeah. If.

TJ

That is awesome.

[They stand up and hug.]

TJ

Oh, my God, wait till you see the business plan - it’s 50 pages. It’s got pictures, blueprints, and - Hey, do you, you want me to help you with your hair?

ELAINE

Oh, no, I got it, sweetie.

[TJ leaves, ecstatic.]

[INTERIOR - ELAINE HAMMOND RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[ELAINE, wearing the dress that TJ picked out, comes down the stairs to find BUD, ANNE, Ann’s parents BEATRICE and LARRY, DOUG, and EVA in the entryway.]

BUD

The guy said, "Well, actually I prefer the pancake. "Beatrice, you get any younger, we’re going to have to make you a flower girl at the wedding.

[They all laugh.]

ELAINE

Beatrice, Larry, so good to see you. (ELAINE hugs them.) Exciting week. Hello, lovebirds. (She hugs ANNE and DOUG.) Mm! (To Anne) You look so beautiful. (To DOUG) Darling. (To BUD) Bud.

BUD

Sugar.

ELAINE

(They hug) Oh. Goodness.

[EVA clears her throat.]

BUD

Uh, Elaine, this is Eva.

ELAINE

Elaine Barrish. I’m a fan of your work.

EVA

Thank you, Madam Secretary. I’m a fan of your work, too, and I love your dress.

ELAINE

Thank you, it’s an old one.

BUD

Saudi state dinner, October ‘97.

ELAINE

Yes. Good times. Shall we?

DOUGLAS

Yeah.

[They start moving toward the living room as SUSAN BERG enters.]

ELAINE

So glad you could join us, Ms. Berg.

SUSAN

Thanks for the invite, Madam Secretary.

ELAINE

You changed.

SUSAN

You did, too.

ELAINE

Please.

[INTERIOR - LIVING ROOM, ELAINE HAMMOND RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[SUSAN looks at an assortment of framed photographs on the fireplace mantel, of TJ and DOUGLAS when they were younger - a photo of TJ and DOUGLAS at the beach, a picture of TJ at a park somewhere, TJ and DOUG hanging out, and another picture of ELAINE with the boys on each side. She then notices MARGARET and makes her way over to talk.]

MARGARET

I know who you are, honey, don’t waste your time. They never let me talk on the record anyway. I’m either too drunk or too honest or God forbid, both.

SUSAN

We’re, we’re off the record. Tonight is just for color.

MARGARET

Oh, just for color? Well, tell me, do you have a boyfriend?

SUSAN

Um, yes, I do.

MARGARET

Is that right? I always thought you were a lesbian. Hmm, but you sure know how to throw yourself together, unlike my daughter, but, then, she has strength of character, and you’re just a rotten little thing, makes a living saying really smart, really nasty things about people. But you’ve got a boyfriend. How about that? You must give one hell of a hummer, lady.

[MARGARET walks away, sipping her drink, leaving SUSAN speechless.]

[INTERIOR - DINING ROOM, ELAINE BARRISH RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[The guests are seated around the table, eating dinner.]

BUD

Ms. Berg, I’ve read a few of your pieces on the president. Now, what was it you called him - the Fashion?

SUSAN

Fashionista-in-Chief.

BUD

The Fashionista-in-Chief. You know, I like that line, "He was elected a man of the people, but he’s just a man of the Prada.”

EVA

Oh, they always dress us in Prada on the show, and I always complain because my character Nurse Anna Alvares– she could never afford that in real life. It’s just so not realistic.

[There is an awkward silence.]

MARGARET

And all the screwing your characters do, how realistic is that?

[THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR speaks in Japanese to LARRY.]

LARRY

I’m sorry, Mr. Ambassador, my Japanese isn’t too great.

AMBASSADOR

I ask, have you been to Japan recently?

LARRY

Oh, not since the ‘80s.

ANNE

My parents were born here, as was I.

DOUGLAS

We’re thinking of going to Japan for our honeymoon, Mr.

Ambassador.

ANNE

We were?

DOUGLAS

Well, you know, it’s, it’s on the list.

EVA

Why did you guys pick the zoo for your engagement party?

DOUGLAS

Oh, our family has always been big supporters of the National, ever since we first moved to DC.

ELAINE

I used to take the boys there all the time. They loved the elephants, and this event is helping to fund a new enclosure.

TJ

I think it was my mom that loved the elephants.

ELAINE

You know, working with Anne on the engagement party has been a delight. The sheer number of guests and the size of the venue could overwhelm anyone, but she has been a dream.

BEATRICE

You know, it’s funny, she was so messy when she was little.

ANNE

Mom.

ELAINE

Haven’t seen that Anne. I’ve only seen the perfect Anne, right?

[INTERIOR - BATHROOM, ELAINE BARRISH RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[ANNE goes into the bathroom, turns on the water to drown out sound, and forces herself to throw up the food she has eaten. Once she is done, she goes back to the dinner party like nothing has happened.]

BEATRICE

Douglas, Anne told me you’re thinking of having the wedding near us in Del Mar?

DOUGLAS

Uh, yeah, yeah, we, we, we were talking about that.

ELAINE

Really? Del Mar? You didn’t mention that.

DOUGLAS

It was just one idea that we’ve been tossing around.

ANNE

But we’re pretty partial to it, seeing how it’s where I grew up.

[BUD clanks his fork loudly against his glass and stands up to address the room.]

BUD

I just want to say a few words to the two lovebirds. Now, ever since Dougie was a little shit running around the North Carolina governor’s mansion, if I was going to pick one of my boys to end up a homosexual, I’d have picked Dougie. The boy was gay as a spring dress. Clothes had to be perfect, the hair had to be perfect.

TJ

This is awesome.

DOUGLAS

M-Move it along, Dad.

BUD

And typical Dougie, he went and found himself the perfect wife-to-be. Anne, you’re a treasure. Welcome to the family.

ELAINE

Hear, hear.

BUD

Couldn’t be more proud of you, son.

[They drink to DOUGLAS and ANNE, and Bud sits down. TJ leans in toward BUD.]

TJ

Hey, can I, can I talk to you guys for a second?

BUD

Yeah, sure.

[ELAINE notices and stands up as well. DOUGLAS does the same.]

ELAINE

Exc-Excuse us. We’re, we’re just gonna -

[INTERIOR - OFFICE, ELAINE BARRISH RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[TJ is showing BUD the plans and blueprints for the nightclub. He’s talking a million miles a minute, brimming with excitement and enthusiasm.]

TJ

Same guys that did Soho House. I mean, it’s - look, if you just take a look at these numbers on here, okay, we’re talking prime real estate. In this market, we’re getting it for a steal. Here’s the view of the Capitol Dome from the patio. That’s why we’re calling it The Dome. Killer name, right?

BUD

No.

[TJ looks like he’s been slapped across the face.]

TJ

No? Dad, what, y-y-you need to think about it.

BUD

I’m not doing it, neither is your mama.

TJ

She already said yes - (desperately) tell him.

ELAINE

No. I said IF your father committed.

TJ

You’re a goddamn liar!

BUD

Hey, hey, hey, now, don’t you talk to your mother like that. Giving a drug addict that kind of money is like buying a blind man a gorgeous hooker - it’s plain stupid.

TJ

(Trying to keep his cool) I’ve been going to NA meetings.

BUD

And the drinking - you’re wasted right now, aren’t you?

TJ

My problem was never alcohol.

BUD

No, your problem was looking for any excuse in the world to get messed up. Three boarding schools, two colleges -

ELAINE

Bud.

BUD

Why don’t you play the piano anymore?

TJ

(Getting upset) People don’t become concert pianists at 30, Dad, it just doesn’t happen.

BUD

It’s what you love. Now, I can speak to someone at Georgetown or GW, I can get you a job on the staff.

TJ

I’m not going to be some lame-ass piano teacher. You guys just want me to have a boring life.

BUD

After that stunt you pulled last December, boring might do you some good.

[There is a long pause, as TJ just stares at his father, bewildered with tears in his eyes, the words sinking in.]

TJ

Is that what it was to you - a stunt?

ELAINE

(Shaking her head and looking at him sadly) No.

[TJ starts to tear up more, getting more emotional.]

TJ

I hate this family.

BUD

Oh, TJ

TJ

How am I ever supposed to do anything important if nobody ever helps me?

DOUGLAS

Hey -

[DOUGLAS attempts to stop TJ leaving, but TJ storms out. DOUGLAS turns back to his parents.]

DOUGLAS

He worked on that speech for three months. You could have at least heard him out.

BUD

Your mother was never gonna say yes to that bullshit idea. She brought me here to be the bad guy. Same reason she keeps you around.

DOUGLAS

You know, I’ve enjoyed the last year. Yeah, without Mom or the White House to hide behind, people finally see you for what you really are. A big joke.

[DOUGLAS leaves.]

ELAINE

Nice to see you haven’t lost your touch with him.

BUD

You got a blind spot for TJ Always did.

[Scene cuts to INTERIOR - BATHROOM while ELAINE and BUD’s dialogue continues in voiceover]

ELAINE

He didn’t choose our life, and he doesn’t have the strength to withstand it.

[TJ enters the bathroom, locks the door, and looks at himself in the mirror, upset.]

BUD

He’s a ticking bomb, just like your daddy was. You can’t help him. He has to want to help himself.

[TJ shakes some white powder out of a vial onto his fist, and snorts it, twice to get all of it. Some of the white powder is left under his nose, and he wipes it off with his hand.]

[Scene cuts back to BUD and ELAINE in the office.]

ELAINE

Isn’t that what this was?

BUD

I tell you how good you look tonight?

ELAINE

Save your compliments for your girlfriend.

BUD

I miss you, sugar. You miss me?

ELAINE

No.

BUD

Don’t believe you.

ELAINE

I don’t care.

BUD

I’m not a perfect man, baby. You always knew that.

ELAINE

I was 22 when I fell in love with you. I had no idea what kind of person you were.

BUD

Come on, it was fun. Helping the state, the nation. And the problems we faced, we faced together, like a family.

ELAINE

It’s not my fault it’s over, Bud.

BUD

You’re guinea boyfriend, he’s roasting you on this Iran thing. You know, the White House can’t reach Hakam, I heard. Bullshit.

Hakam is a detestable son of a bitch who’d prefer if Israel were a memory. He thinks the Saudis are a bunch of greedy ragheads who want to keep the Middle East in the Dark Ages. But he wouldn’t poke America in the eye unless he knows he’s got a deal and a handshake. Now, I’m sure you’re trying to figure out why he’s killing those journalists, but the question you should be asking is, why the expedited trial? Why is he moving so fast? ‘Cause that only benefits one guy. You’re looking for the shot. Garcetti already has the ball, and he’s just running the clock out.

ELAINE

Why would the president do that?

BUD

Why do we do anything? You know, why did I ruin the best thing that ever happened to me? Because people are stupid and weak.

You know, my advice is stay out of this, and if I’m right, you’ll only make an enemy of your boss.

ELAINE

You know I can’t do that.

BUD

All anybody ever talks about is your ambition. They never talk about your heart. And I - I don’t know why they don’t see it, 'cause it’s all I ever saw. That and, uh, you were the foxiest piece of ass I ever laid eyes on. You still are.

(Video) Political Animals episódio 01 - Pilot - Promo Legendado (HD)

[BUD leaves. ELAINE sits on the sofa and takes a drink as the sounds of ragtime piano music come from the living room.]

[INTERIOR - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT]

[The party guests are now gathered around the piano, where TJ is playing a lively ragtime tune. ELAINE joins them, watching TJ, a slightly concerned look on her face. TJ finishes the first piece energetically, then turns to face them. Everyone applauds.]

MARGARET

Oh, that was wonderful.

[TJ grins broadly, then picks up his drink.]

TJ

This next one’s for, uh, my bro and his sweet-ass fiancée. Love you guys.

[TJ starts playing the next piece, a much slower one with a more somber feel. He sniffs a little as he plays.]

[The scene crossfades into…]

[INTERIOR - TJ’S APARTMENT - NIGHT]

[TJ separates lines of cocaine with a credit card on a mirror, then picks up a straw and snorts a line as someone knocks on the door. He answers it to find a guy (LEVI) in his late 20s or early 30s standing outside.

LEVI

Hey, man, you never sent a face pic, so -

[LEVI realizes it’s TJ]

LEVI

Damn. You’re -

LEVI

Let’s pretend I’m not.

[TJ pulls him inside the apartment and starts kissing him as he shuts the door. They immediately start making out and ripping their shirts off. Then LEVI pulls away.]

LEVI

Okay, this is gonna sound kind of weird, but I got to tell you.

[TJ rolls his eyes, somehow already knowing what LEVI is about to say.]

TJ

Yeah, you’ve wanted to sleep with me since I was a teenager in the White House.

LEVI

Yeah.

TJ

Well, if you shut the hell up, now’s your big chance.

[LEVI pushes TJ down onto the couch, and starts undoing the button/zipper on TJ’s pants.]

[The scene crossfades into…]

[INTERIOR - BEDROOM, DOUGLAS’S APARTMENT - NIGHT]

[DOUGLAS and ANNE are having sex.]

ANNE

First she hijacked the engagement party, and now she’s just hijacking the wedding.

DOUGLAS

Look, there has to be a rule against discussing my mother while I’m inside of you.

ANNE

Okay, it is your fault, all right? We weren’t finished with the conversation, and you wanted to start having sex.

DOUGLAS

She didn’t hijack the engagement.

ANNE

Oh, no?

DOUGLAS

No.

ANNE

We wanted 60 people at a club, and we’re having 300 people at the zoo, because your mother likes elephants. There’s gonna be helicopters and metal detectors and paparazzi posing as busboys and

DOUGLAS

Yes.

There is a tsunami of bullshit that comes with being in my family. But don’t you love me more than you hate all that?

ANNE

Mm-hmm.

DOUGLAS

Yeah?

ANNE

Mm-hmm.

[DOUGLAS’S phone buzzes.]

ANNE

And that’s your mom. I know. Get it. Ask her why the Japanese ambassador was at dinner. Tell her it’s racist.

DOUGLAS

Hello?

ELAINE

Porchov. He’s coming to the engagement party. He’s in New York early.

DOUGLAS

The Russian foreign minister?

ELAINE

Yes. We need to be in New York tomorrow morning. Don’t let him know we’re coming.

DOUGLAS

Mom, that’s in, like, six hours.

ELAINE

I know, sweetheart. Get cracking.

[ELAINE hangs up. DOUGLAS and ANNE start making out again.]

DOUGLAS

Uh, I, um I have to go.

ANNE

You have to what?

DOUGLAS

I have to go.

ANNE

You have to go in?

DOUGLAS

Mm, I could wait for her call…

[INTERIOR - BEDROOM - ELAINE BARRISH RESIDENCE - NIGHT]

[ELAINE is in bed, alone except for her dogs, watching late night TV.]

CRAIG FERGUSON

Also a great day for Bud Hammond and his girlfriend, Eva Flores.

They arrived today in DC, for his son’s engagement party. Well, Eva’s breasts arrived last night, so the former president introduced his ex-wife to his girlfriend this evening.

He’s hoping that they don’t kill each other, but actually, he’s really hoping there’ll be a three-way, but he’ll settle for them not killing each other.

[ELAINE turns the TV off.]

[INTERIOR - BEDROOM, SUSAN BERG’S HOME - NIGHT]

[SUSAN is preparing for bed, while ALEX lounges on the bed reading a book.]

SUSAN

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say she was still in love with him. The way she dressed up, kept avoiding his gaze. I mean, honestly, it was like she was a nervous schoolgirl around him.

ALEX

They were married for over 30 years. Is it that surprising she still has feelings for him?

ELAINE

No, it’s not surprising. It’s just sad. When Elaine Barrish graduated law school, she gave the valedictorian address and got a standing ovation for ten minutes. I mean, ten minutes– can you imagine that? What happened to that girl? And how did she decide to sit out the next 20 years catering to a man who repeatedly cheated on her?

ALEX

You never told me, you know, how you snagged the interview.

I’m not asking as your boss, I’m asking as your boyfriend.

How’d you get it?

SUSAN

(Pausing) TJ Hammond tried to kill himself. I have a contact at GW Hospital. Last December, they rushed TJ to the E.R., under a pseudonym, for carbon monoxide poisoning. They swept the police report under the rug, but not the medical ones.

ALEX

You told the Secretary’s office you had the story.

SUSAN

I wasn’t gonna write it. But they didn’t know that. I feel creepy even telling you about it.

ALEX

Why didn’t you tell me?

SUSAN

Uh, because it’s not news. Or if it is, it’s not news the Globe should be printing.

ALEX

No, just threatening to print.

SUSAN

There’s a difference. And you just asked me to tell you as my boyfriend, which I did. But no one else can know. Okay?

ALEX

All right, fine. If you got your hands on the medical file, somebody else will. You should’ve said something.

SUSAN

Uh, well, the next time I hear news that’s disgusting and exploitive, you’ll be the first to know. Good night.

[SUSAN lies down and turns off the light.]

[INTERIOR - PRIVATE JET - DAY]

[ELAINE is sitting by a window, writing something. SUSAN BERG sits opposite her. The waiter brings over some food.]

ELAINE

Thank you.

SUSAN

I assume this trip is concerning the journalists?

[ELAINE does not reply.]

SUSAN

Madam Secretary, I would never write anything that would interfere with whatever high-level talks are happening.

ELAINE

You finally decided to acquire some journalistic ethics. How nice for you.

SUSAN

Still the same breakfast. Steel-cut oats and blueberries. You wouldn’t remember, but I was in your pool for two years during your ex-husband’s first run for the presidency. Before they put me on the DC desk.

ELAINE

I remember. You were just out of school, you had a sister at Amherst, and your mother was a former physician.

SUSAN

Yes. Look, I know I wrote some tough things about you in the past -

ELAINE

It may surprise you, Ms. Berg, but I’ve actually never read your columns. If I read half of what people wrote about me, I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. I did read your book.

About the impending fourth wave of feminism. Not bad.

SUSAN

No one read my book.

ELAINE

Well, maybe it was the title: When Bitches Rule.

SUSAN

I was trying to reclaim the word.

ELAINE

It might have impacted your sales. After all, never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that.

[DOUGLAS comes over, holding a sheet of paper.]

DOUGLAS

Um, this just came in. It’s not good.

ELAINE

(Handing him another paper) Here.

[ELAINE reads the paper that DOUGLAS handed her. She pauses, then starts reading it aloud to SUSAN.]

ELAINE

“The Iranian court has found the journalists guilty.” President Hakam has set their execution for 24 hours from now.

SUSAN

How do you do it? Even people like me who have criticized you really do admire your resolve.

ELAINE

My usual answer is that I share the ethos with most Americans. If you work hard and give it everything you got, tomorrow will be better than today.

SUSAN

And the truth?

ELAINE

Most of life is hell. It’s filled with failure and loss. People disappoint you, dreams don’t work out, hearts get broken, innocent journalists die. And the best moments of life, when everything comes together, are few and fleeting. But you’ll never get to the next great moment if you don’t keep going. So that’s what I do. I keep going.

[INTERIOR - AN APARTMENT SOMEWHERE - DAY]

[The RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER (VIKTOR) sits shirtless at a table with three three scantily dressed women, drinking and playing strip poker.]

WOMAN 1

Oh! I’m out! So, Viktor, what are you gonna take off next?

[ELAINE’s voice filters through from another room.]

ELAINE

Please tell him, the U.S. Secretary of State is here, and I need to see him. Viktor, you goon, I know you’re in there. It’s Elaine. I need to talk to you. I’m serious.

[VIKTOR comes out and meets ELAINE in the hallway, wearing a bathrobe.]

VIKTOR

Madam Secretary, translator not here. Can’t speak. See you at engagement.

ELAINE

You went to Cornell undergrad, so quit with the whole “you don’t understand me” crap. Right now I need your help. It’s important.

VIKTOR

What the hell is it, Elaine?

ELAINE

I need your help in getting in touch with the Iranian Ambassador to the UN.

VIKTOR

No way, cannot get involved.

ELAINE

I’m not asking you to get involved. I’m asking you to get me in a room with Ambassador Jobrani, who is in this city and won’t return my calls.

VIKTOR

If my prime minister find out about this -

ELAINE

Oh, it’s not your prime minister you should be worried about, Viktor. It’s your wife. You think I don’t know who’s in there?

VIKTOR

I’m doing it, not because you threaten. Because you got balls and I respect balls. And a great ass.

ELAINE

Thank you.

[Cut to a short time later, AMBASSADOR JOBRANI enters the room to find ELAINE and VIKTOR sitting there, drinking tea.]

JOBRANI

Mr. Foreign Minister, I came as -

ELAINE

Mr. Ambassador, I didn’t know you were coming. I was just having tea with my buddy Viktor here. You’ve been impossible to reach.

Cell phone issues?

JOBRANI

We cannot be talking, Madam Secretary.

ELAINE

We are, Amir. Thank you, Viktor.

VIKTOR

You owe me.

JOBRANI

There is nothing you can do, Madam Secretary. The wheels of this are in motion.

ELAINE

When those Americans are dead, then there’s nothing I can do. Now you and I go back, Amir. I know you’re a good man. I also know you worked for Hakam in the private sector, and you’re close. You either know why this is happening, or you have a pretty good idea why. Either way, I need to know what you know.

[INTERIOR - THE OVAL OFFICE, THE WHITE HOUSE - DAY]

[ELAINE and PRESIDENT GARCETTI sit across from each other, as ELAINE fills GARCETTI in on the mission. Other officials also listen.]

ELAINE

Hakam is sick. Pancreatic cancer. Before he dies, he wants to begin negotiations to freeze Iran’s nuclear program entirely. He can’t forge a treaty of real meaning without the support of the ultraconservatives, so he takes an aggressive action. Either he kills some American spies, or you agree to negotiate for their release on Iranian soil. Both are clear wins that get him to the table. My recommendation, Mr. President, is that either you, or an emissary from this administration meet with Hakam in Oman and release the hostages there.

[Long pause]

ELAINE

But you’re not going to do that, are you? 'Cause you already knew what he was up to, and you’re just letting it happen.

BARRY

You’ve crossed some serious lines today, Elaine. First the rogue mission to New York, and now you accuse the president of this?

ELAINE

You were a lousy campaign manager, Barry. You’re a rotten Chief of Staff. And you’re an even worse liar. I’d like a moment alone with the president.

GARCETTI

Give us a minute.

[The others leave.]

GARCETTI

Yes we knew. Harris, Samson, a few others. We knew about it, but we didn’t agree to it.

ELAINE

I’m supposed to believe you now? After you’ve used my office to quiet the press.

GARCETTI

I’m sorry about that. You don’t have to believe me, but it’s the truth. Hakam floated the idea to us through one of his contacts. We floated back a hard no. Two weeks later, he’s doing it anyway.

ELAINE

If you knew this was a means toward negotiation, why not meet a few demands and save the lives of those American journalists?

GARCETTI

When we ran against each other, you were the one who said I was an idiot for even suggesting that we sit down with Iran. I would look foolish under these circumstances doing the same thing.

ELAINE

And I lost.

GARCETTI

Be glad you did. I was a dog chasing a car, and I caught a bus. The economy’s in freefall, I can’t pass one piece of legislation through Congress. I go on TV to try to communicate a vision, and America collectively turns me off to watch drunk housewives and singing competitions.

ELAINE

I have been here before. I have stood in this office when Bud faced darker hours than these, and I’m telling you, now is not the time to be discouraged. Now is the time to lead.

GARCETTI

I’m not your ex-husband, Elaine. The goal is a nuclear treaty with Iran. This isn’t how I wanted to get it. I tried to stop it. But I’m gonna take it. Now, you, uh go focus on your son’s party. There’s nothing more you can do here.

ELAINE

It’s not enough to have the courage of your convictions. You have to have the courage of others’, too. Those were your words during our last debate. The voters believed you. I believed you. Some days, sir, it would be nice to be working for the man who beat me.

[ELAINE LEAVES.]

[INTERIOR - HALLWAY, THE WHITE HOUSE - DAY]

[ELAINE leaves the Oval Office and meets up with DOUGLAS outside in the hallway.]

ELAINE

The only thing I hate worse than being wrong about something is your father being right about -

DOUGLAS

It’s out.

[ELAINE slowly turns around, knowing immediately what DOUGLAS is referring to, disbelief and apprehension etched on her face.]

ELAINE

How long?

(Video) Political Animals Opening

DOUGLAS

Ten minutes.

ELAINE

Oh, my God.

[A flashback from last December plays as ELAINE’s voice reads a newspaper article in voiceover.]

ELAINE

“According to files obtained exclusively by journalist Georgia Gibbons, the Washington Globe has just learned that Thomas James Hammond, son of former President Donald Hammond and Secretary of State Elaine Barrish, was taken to George Washington Hospital last December after an apparent suicide attempt. Thomas was admitted to the emergency room at 11:15 p.m. on December 22, under the pseudonym of Aaron Reed and treated immediately for high levels of carbon monoxide poisoning. The report is the latest unfortunate event in the troubled life of the former first son.”

[In the flashback, ELAINE enters her house, and goes over to the garage door. She opens it and goes into the garage. Coughing, she is horrified to see TJ slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car, the garage door shut and car running. She doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. Panicking, she runs over.]

ELAINE

Oh, my God, Tommy. Tommy?!

[ELAINE wrenches open the car door.]

ELAINE

(In a sob) Tommy, no!

[ELAINE starts trying to pull him out of the car.]

ELAINE

(Yelling) Somebody help me! Call an ambulance!

[ELAINE manages to TJ out, and she holds him tightly.]

ELAINE

(Crying, desperate) What are you doing? Help me, please!

[CUT TO PRESENT DAY]

[INTERIOR - ELAINE’S OFFICE - DAY]

[ELAINE finishes reading the article aloud to DOUGLAS and SUSAN.]

ELAINE

Where’s your brother?

DOUGLAS

I’ve been trying him.

ELAINE

Find him. Now.

DOUGLAS

Yeah.

[DOUGLAS leaves.]

ELAINE

(To SUSAN) Our time together is done. Get out.

SUSAN

Madam Secretary, I can assure you, I had nothing to do with this.

ELAINE

I don’t care. Get out.

SUSAN

I wasn’t even aware there was anyone at my paper even looking into it. Really, I am as upset as you are.

ELAINE

You couldn’t possibly be as upset as I am. Was it your child you found barely alive? Was it? No. It seems the story missed a few details. But what do you care? To you people, my son has always been just another drug-addicted cautionary tale, responsible for all of his own misfortunes. (Getting increasingly emotional) But he was the first openly gay child of a president. You will never know the vitriol, the evil he suffered when he came out, against his will, as a boy in the White House. And yet, you trade on his pain and suffering, to coerce me into this interview. Where is that in this story? Huh? Where in there does it say what kind of person you are? The only good news I’ve gotten all week is that I don’t have to share the same space with you anymore. Now get the hell out!

[SUSAN leaves in silence. ELAINE turns to the window, then takes out her phone and makes a call.]

ELAINE

Hi. It’s me. I need to see you. Right away.

[INTERIOR - TJ’S APARTMENT - DAY]

[TJ and his drug dealer, OMAR sit in TJ’s apartment, watching the television news coverage of TJ’s suicide attempt. OMAR measures out coke. TJ watches, looking depressed.]

TV REPORTER

The Washington Globe reports exclusively tonight that TJ Hammond, son of Secretary of State Elaine Barrish and former President Bud Hammond, was admitted to Washington General Hospital on December 22, 2011, after a failed suicide attempt.

OMAR

Damn! That sucks, yo.

TV REPORTER

Medical records obtained by the Globe indicate he was unconscious upon admittance.

OMAR

You better now?

TJ

Much.

[TJ turns away from the TV.]

TJ

Give me the usual.

[OMAR hands some small bottles of cocaine to TJ, who puts them in his pocket.]

TV REPORTER

And he was treated for hypoxia, which is a condition caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, fueling assumptions that this was indeed a suicide attempt. He was also admitted under the alias of Aaron Reed.

OMAR

Your mom? Your mom is hot. You got to give me her autograph. I need a picture of her in one of them bad-ass Chanel suits. I want her to put, “To Omar, my finest black sweet meat. Love, Elaine.” Yeah. I mean, she don’t got to put, “love.” She can just put “xo."

[OMAR pours some coke onto the table and starts dividing it up into lines as TJ’s phone rings.]

TJ

Oh, it’s my bro. He keeps calling, I gotta get this. Hey.

DOUGLAS

Yeah, hey. There you are. I’ve been trying to get a hold of you. Did you, um, did you see it yet?

TJ

Yeah. It’s all bullshit. Don’t worry about it.

DOUGLAS

Hey, where are you now?

TJ

I’m with my sponsor. Worry about your party, bro. I’m all good, I swear. I love you.

[TJ hangs up. OMAR hands him a straw, and TJ leans in to snort a line.]

[EXTERIOR - THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE - DAY]

[DOUGLAS stands there looking at his phone. He calls ELAINE.]

ELAINE

Did you reach him?

DOUGLAS

Uh, yeah, yeah, I just talked to him. He, uh… he says he’s with his sponsor. I-I know. He’s lying. Look, I’m supposed to pick up my tux with Anne in a half-hour, but I’m gonna track him down, and I will call you back when I’m with him, all right? Where are you?

ELAINE

I’m… following a lead. And Douglas?

DOUGLAS

Yeah?

ELAINE

You are a good brother and a good son. I’ll call you.

[They hang up.]

[ELAINE is in a car with her secret service agent CLARK, heading through a small-town area. They pull up outside of a non-descript motel. ELAINE gets out and enters a motel room alone. CLARK stations himself outside next to the Bud’s secret service agent SAM who is already there. BUD is already inside. ELAINE shuts the door.]

ELAINE

Thanks for coming. I’m having one of the worst days of my life and you’re still the one person who can make me feel like everything is going to be okay even when it’s not.

BUD

Come here, sugar.

[They embrace, and then kiss passionately.]

[INTERIOR - THE GLOBE OFFICE - DAY]

SOMEONE

Congrats, Georgia, we’re so happy for you.

[GEORGIA ambles over to her office, with people congratulating her on her article about TJ. SUSAN is already there.]

GEORGIA

Oh, hey, Susan. I’m sure you’re pretty upset over the whole Hammond suicide story. I’m really sorry if it stepped on your Barrish piece, but I had a source come forward and I, I just - I had to run with it.

SUSAN

Of all the industries available to you, looking the way you do - porn, reality hosting - you chose journalism. Why? You don’t care about its history. You have no sense of regard for what we do or who’s come before you, just like you have no regard for the life on the other end of that piece.

GEORGIA

You’re not mad I ran that story. You’re just mad it cost you one. Bitch.

SUSAN

You’re gonna regret you ever posted this. Oh, and, uh, Georgia? Never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that.

GEORGIA

Your boyfriend knew about it. He had to approve it before I could post it.

[INTERIOR - ALEX’S OFFICE - DAY]

ALEX

I warned you this kind of thing could happen, that it could get out.

SUSAN

Well, then you come to me and you tell me.

ALEX

Why, so you can tell me to stop it?

SUSAN

Uh, yeah.

ALEX

That is exactly the kind of conflict of interest I cannot have in my life.

SUSAN

W-W-What are we, a-a newspaper, or a gossip site?

ALEX

We’re a dying institution. 50 years from now, people are gonna talk about newspapers the way we talk about rotary phones or disco.

SUSAN

Did you give Georgia the story?

ALEX

No, y-you asked me not to tell anyone.

SUSAN

Are you… sleeping with her?

ALEX

(Laughing nervously) Yeah, okay, you-you’re, you are paranoid and - Seriously, is this what hanging out with Elaine Barrish does to you?

SUSAN

Are you sleeping with her?

ALEX

I’m not going to answer that question.

SUSAN

You just did.

[SUSAN leaves his office and walks to her own office. She grabs her bag and heads for the elevators. Before the elevator comes, ALEX catches up to her.]

ALEX

I-I screwed up, I know. I, I screwed up. Susan, we have been together for two years. I had to beg you to move in with me. When friends ask if we’re getting married, you say no with -without even looking at me, you say, "I don’t believe in it and Alex failed at it twice. That’s why I picked him.” Name one time that you’ve spent as much energy on something for us as you have on this Barrish piece. Even now, I mean, I-I can’t, I can’t tell if you’re more upset that I slept with Georgia or that I gave her the story.

[The elevator doors open and SUSAN gets in.]

SUSAN

Wow, for a second I thought I was gonna get the “I’m sorry I hurt you” speech. Let’s be clear. I am definitely more upset that you stuck your dick in another woman than I am about the story.

[ALEX holds the elevator doors open.]

ALEX

You know that I’m sorry. You don’t make it easy, you don’t make it easy to love you.

SUSAN

It’s not supposed to be easy, you asshole. Easy is Georgia. Easy is where you can spend the night while I’m moving out.

[The elevator doors close.]

[INTERIOR - MOTEL ROOM - DAY]

[ELAINE and BUD relax in the bed after having sex.]

BUD

I think we broke a couple of mattress springs. Oh, that was for sure top ten.

ELAINE

Oh, not even close. Unlike you I’m out of practice.

BUD

How’s TJ doing? I tried calling him, but he won’t take my calls.

ELAINE

Not now. Dougie’s looking for him. I don’t know, Bud, we can’t just make him go to rehab, we tried that twice. And we can’t give him money for another failed venture. I don’t know what to do. I must be the highest-ranking codependent in the country. It was so much simpler when they were boys just, you know, yelling at us about the Secret Service detail or how come they weren’t allowed to learn to drive on the road like regular 16-year-olds.

BUD

Yeah, it was simpler. Man, we had some good times.

ELAINE

Some fun times.

[ELAINE gets out of bed and starts getting dressed.]

ELAINE

I’d like to propose to the president that he send you to Iran as a last-ditch effort to negotiate for these journalists. Hakam may not go for it, but it’s, it’s worth a try.

BUD

Thought you’d never ask.

ELAINE

What?

[BUD starts getting dressed as well.]

BUD

I figured you’d come to me. It’s not like President Sinatra’s lifting a GD finger. Besides, I know Hakam, I know the players on the ground, and the Iranian people love me. They called me President Khoob. That means “the good President.

ELAINE

Is that what this was about? The "I missed you, sugar” and “You’re still the foxiest piece of ass I ever saw.” It was just bullshit?

BUD

I meant every word of it, I always do.

ELAINE

No, you just wanted me to get Garcetti to send you to Iran so you could get back in the game? And I fell for it?

BUD

I am the best person to get those journalists back, and you know it. Shit. I mean, you weren’t pissed because I wanted you to ask me. You were pissed because I thought of it first. And I wasn’t playing you any more than you were playing me. Did we sleep together because of politics? Sure, but it was also about love. Always about both with us, baby, that’s our story. Now, we were made for each other. Now, we were made to fight for this country together, and we’re not done fighting, not by a long shot.

[ELAINE pushes him away.]

ELAINE

You are crazy.

BUD

I love you, sugar, and if you think for a second I’m giving up on us, then you don’t know me and you never did.

ELAINE

We are done. Do you hear me?

[ELAINE opens the door and stumbles out, shoes in hand.]

ELAINE

Done! Asshole. Thank you.

[BUD watches them drive off.]

BUD

That’s my girl.

[ELAINE puts her necklace back on in the car. She starts laughing.]

ELAINE

Oh, God. Oh. Excuse me.

[She pulls out her phone and makes a call.]

ALICE

Um Hello, Madam Secretary.

ELAINE

Did Douglas call?

ALICE

No, but I have a list of others, including Susan Berg, who’s tried you several times.

ELAINE

Get her back. I’ll hold.

[EXTERIOR - THE ELEPHANT EXHIBIT, THE ZOO - NIGHT]

[ELAINE sits on a bench outside the elephant enclosure at the zoo, which is deserted, except for the CLARK and SUSAN, who approaches slowly. She sits down on the other side of the bench.]

SUSAN

Thank you for seeing me. I, uh, I wanted to apologize. I found out the story was my fault. I inadvertently leaked it. I told my editor, who I’m sleeping with. He told the other woman he’s also sleeping with, a fellow journalist.

ELAINE

I’m sorry to hear that. Genuinely.

SUSAN

Yeah, thought you’d appreciate the irony.

ELAINE

That may be the meanest thing you’ve said about me.

SUSAN

Oh, you haven’t read my columns, they were pretty mean.

ELAINE

I may have read a few of your columns.

SUSAN

For years, I wrote about you being an affront to women because you stayed with your husband. Like most, I-I believed it was because of your political ambitions. Then, when I went to pack tonight, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

ELAINE

I stayed because I loved him.

SUSAN

I know. So why’d you finally leave?

ELAINE

Because after 30 years, in that moment, exhausted from the campaign, I finally had the strength to. I never answer the question because there is no article, no book that can explain the complexities of a single marriage. I’m gonna give you a headline that should supplant the whirlwind currently surrounding my son. We’ll be postponing the engagement a few days. Bud is going to Iran.

SUSAN

The president is sending him?

ELAINE

The president hasn’t agreed to it, but he will. I’m meeting him in an hour, and I’m giving him a choice. Either he sends my ex-husband or he accepts my resignation. Now, you’ve just heard that from a very high-level source at State.

SUSAN

I want to be on that plane.

ELAINE

Oh, Ms. Berg.

SUSAN

If it goes awry, it’ll be background for my piece on you, but if the current Secretary of State sends her ex-husband to rescue a bunch of hostages in Iran and it works, I want that story. I-I need that story.

ELAINE

We’ll be in touch. (Referring to the elephants) Beautiful creatures, aren’t they? Majestic, fearsome, but still gentle.

They move slower than most animals, but they travel just as far. But that isn’t what I love most about them. They are a matriarchal society, and when the males reach their mating age, the females kick them the hell out of the herd.

[ELAINE leaves, and SUSAN pulls out her phone.]

SUSAN

Russ, it’s me. Okay, write this down exactly as I say it. High-level sources at the State Department are confirming that Secretary of State Elaine Barrish will recommend to President Garcetti…

[Scene cuts to ELAINE and CLARK, heading toward the car.

ELAINE

Can you keep a secret, Clark?

CLARK

That’s my job, Madam Secretary.

ELAINE

(Video) PoliticalAnimals Final Cut 1

I’m gonna run for president again, and this time I’m gonna win.

[They get in and drive away, the night skyline of Washington, DC in the background.]

FAQs

Why was Political Animals Cancelled? ›

Political Animals was an experiment for USA, which went aggressively after the project in a bid to expand into more serious and acclaimed programming. In the end, the show was decided by ratings.

Was Political Animals canceled? ›

"Political Animals" has been canceled. USA will not produce more episodes of the the miniseries starring Sigourney Weaver. USA originally billed the series, created by Greg Berlanti, as a miniseries, but alluded to the option of more episodes.

Is there a season 2 of Political Animals? ›

Political Animals Exclusive: No Season 2 For Greg Berlanti's Acclaimed USA Network Miniseries. USA Network has opted not to order additional episodes of Political Animals, its acclaimed-yet-ratings-challenged drama from Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and starring Sigourney Weaver.

Where can I watch Political Animals 2022? ›

Download the Peacock app and start streaming Political Animals.

Does PETA support any political party? ›

PETA is nonpartisan. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization, IRS regulations prohibit us from endorsing a particular candidate or party.

Why was HBO Animals Cancelled? ›

HBO picked it up in May of that year with a two-season order. Airing mostly in late night, Animals never attracted a huge audience for HBO. Season three averaged 185,000 same-day viewers, down about 23 percent from the second season's 240,000. Deadline was the first to report the show's cancellation.

How many episodes are in political animal? ›

Is Animal Farm political? ›

Animal Farm, anti-utopian satire by George Orwell, published in 1945. One of Orwell's finest works, it is a political fable based on the events of Russia's Bolshevik revolution and the betrayal of the cause by Joseph Stalin.

How can I watch political animals for free? ›

Political Animals - Watch Free on Pluto TV United States.

Who narrates animals season 2 Netflix? ›

Animal (TV series)
Animal
Narrated byAnthony Mackie Bryan Cranston Rebel Wilson Rashida Jones Pedro Pascal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
10 more rows

Did animals get Cancelled? ›

Season Three Ratings

The third season of Animals averaged a 0.05 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 184,000 viewers. Compared to season two, that's down by 38% and 24%, respectively. Learn how Animals stacks up against the other HBO TV shows. Animals has been cancelled so there won't be a fourth season.

Is Animal season Cancelled? ›

Animal Kingdom season 6 marked the end of the line for the Cody boys as the TNT series comes to an end. TNT announced that season 6 would be the final season in January 2021, well in advance of the season 5 premiere that summer; it is one of many shows ending in 2022.

Where can I watch 2022 for free? ›

Best Streaming Sites to Watch TV Shows Online for Free
  • Project Free TV. Kicking off this list is ProjectFreeTV, a streaming site that has been around for quite a while now. ...
  • Noxx. Up next is Noxx, an offshoot of the popular AtoZ Movies streaming website. ...
  • Tubi TV. ...
  • TV Muse. ...
  • Soap2day. ...
  • WatchSeries HD. ...
  • Yidio. ...
  • Primewire.
7 Sept 2022

Is Political Animals on Amazon Prime? ›

Watch Political Animals | Prime Video.

What is on Netflix in Feb 2022? ›

Weekly Episodes Coming to Netflix in February 2022
  • Bulgasal: Immortal Souls (Season 1) N – Final episodes on February 5th & 6th.
  • Men on a Mission (2021 Season) N – New episodes Mondays.
  • The Gentlemen's League 2 N – New episodes Sundays.
20 Feb 2022

What percentage of PETA donations go to animals? ›

PETA spends less than one percent of its multi-million dollar budget actually helping animals.

Has PETA done anything good? ›

Nonetheless, PETA has achieved a litany of animal-rights reforms: convincing some of the world's largest fashion brands not to use fur, animal-testing bans by thousands of personal-care companies, ending the use of animals in automobile crash tests, closing the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Circus and ...

What is PETA controversy? ›

Several employees have spoken about PETA's killing of perfectly healthy and adoptable animals. The methods of PETA are often unethical, resorting to trolls and active sabotage — even if it means targeting other animal rights groups. Smear campaigns seem to often be the norm.

Is Bull being Cancelled? ›

It's official: The sixth season of the CBS legal drama "Bull" was its last. Series star Michael Weatherly made the announcement on Twitter, and the finale aired in May.

Why is Bull Cancelled? ›

In an announcement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Weatherly said, "I've decided it's time to pursue new creative challenges and bring [Dr. Jason Bull's] story to a close." The series was inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw's early career as a trial specialist.

Is HBO now going away? ›

HBO Now (formally named HBO from July 2020) was an American subscription video on demand streaming service for premium television network HBO owned by WarnerMedia subsidiary Home Box Office, Inc.
...
HBO Now.
Type of siteVideo on demand
Available inEnglish
FoundedOctober 15, 2014
DissolvedDecember 17, 2020
Successor(s)HBO Max
12 more rows

Why we are called political animal? ›

In his Politics, Aristotle believed man was a "political animal" because he is a social creature with the power of speech and moral reasoning: Hence it is evident that the state is a creation of nature, and that man is by nature a political animal.

How can I watch Political Animals? ›

A woman and her family struggle through the complicated world of politics. Streaming on Roku. Political Animals, a drama series starring Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, and Ellen Burstyn is available to stream now. Watch it on Apple TV on your Roku device.

Has an animal ever won an election? ›

In 2012, the town of Idyllwild, California, elected a Golden Retriever named Max as mayor for life. In August 2014, seven-year-old Duke the Dog won an election and became the new mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

How is politics shown in Animal Farm? ›

Political Allegory

Mr. Jones, the original human owner of the farm, represents the ineffective and incompetent Czar Nicholas II. The pigs represent key members of Bolshevik leadership: Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin, Snowball represents Leon Trotsky, and Squealer represents Vyacheslav Molotov.

Why Animal Farm is a political satire? ›

Orwell uses humorous satire by making the setting on a farm and the characters animals. Orwell, then, shows the perversion of political ideals and the corruption of power which occur in human societies. The power of the new society becomes corrupt and the people aren't all equal.

Is Animal Farm a political satire? ›

The book Animal Farm was written by George Orwell. It is a political satire written to parallel communist Russia. Every event and character in the book has a parallel in history to the events and characters that make up the communist revolution.

Is the Animal Planet app free? ›

Catch up with your favorite Animal Planet shows anytime, anywhere with the all-new Animal Planet GO app - and now get access to up to 14 additional networks including TLC, Discovery, Science Channel, Travel Channel and more - all in one app. It's FREE with your pay TV subscription.

Is Animal Kingdom free on demand? ›

The first five seasons of Animal Kingdom are currently streaming for free on Prime Video. Season 6 episodes should initially be available to purchase, with the final season eventually being available to stream for free for Prime Video subscribers.

Is Political Animals on Apple TV? ›

Political Animals | Apple TV. In the miniseries Political Animals, Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) is a Hillary Clinton-like figure, tapped to be the U.S. Secretary of State after a failed run at the presidency, and the ex-wife of ex-president, Bud Hammond (Ciaran Hinds), a beloved Bill Clinton-ish horndog.

Who narrates episode 1 of animals on Netflix? ›

Netflix's Animal is made up of four episodes – 'Big Cats', 'Dogs', 'Marsupials' and 'Octopus' as of November 10th, 2021. Each of the episodes is narrated by a famous person, who some viewers may instantly recognise. Episode 1 of the series is narrated by Rashida Jones.

Who narrates each episode of Animal on Netflix? ›

Netflix: Who is the Animal episode 5 narrator? Andy Serkis is an actor who may not need an introduction.

Did they cancel zoo? ›

CBS is closing its Zoo. The network has opted to cancel the summer scripted drama series starring James Wolk after three seasons.

Did Animal Planet renew the zoo? ›

The Zoo: Season Five; Animal Planet Series Renewed, Returning Next Month (Watch) Animal Planet is bringing back The Zoo for a fifth season, and viewers will not have long to wait for the new episodes. The documentary series highlights the work done at the Bronx Zoo.

Did they cancel coyote? ›

As of September 28, 2022, Coyote has not been cancelled or renewed for a second season. Stay tuned for further updates.

Why was Kingdom Cancelled? ›

Stephen Fry announced in October 2009 that ITV was cancelling the series, a fact later confirmed by the channel, which said that given tighter budgets, more expensive productions were being cut.

Is Animal Kingdom a spin off? ›

Animal Kingdom Spin-Off Details Have Been REVEALED.. - YouTube

Did animals get Cancelled? ›

Season Three Ratings

The third season of Animals averaged a 0.05 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 184,000 viewers. Compared to season two, that's down by 38% and 24%, respectively. Learn how Animals stacks up against the other HBO TV shows. Animals has been cancelled so there won't be a fourth season.

Is Animal season Cancelled? ›

Animal Kingdom season 6 marked the end of the line for the Cody boys as the TNT series comes to an end. TNT announced that season 6 would be the final season in January 2021, well in advance of the season 5 premiere that summer; it is one of many shows ending in 2022.

Is animal rights a political issue? ›

Concern for nonhuman animals has been traditionally excluded from the political realm, although some public policies take into account the interests of humans who care about protecting animals. However, if we reject speciesism we must progress beyond such an exclusion.

Why is Animal Farm political? ›

Political Allegory

Mr. Jones, the original human owner of the farm, represents the ineffective and incompetent Czar Nicholas II. The pigs represent key members of Bolshevik leadership: Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin, Snowball represents Leon Trotsky, and Squealer represents Vyacheslav Molotov.

Will Bull be Cancelled? ›

It's official: The sixth season of the CBS legal drama "Bull" was its last. Series star Michael Weatherly made the announcement on Twitter, and the finale aired in May.

Did they cancel zoo? ›

CBS is closing its Zoo. The network has opted to cancel the summer scripted drama series starring James Wolk after three seasons.

Did they cancel coyote? ›

As of September 28, 2022, Coyote has not been cancelled or renewed for a second season. Stay tuned for further updates.

Why was Kingdom Cancelled? ›

Stephen Fry announced in October 2009 that ITV was cancelling the series, a fact later confirmed by the channel, which said that given tighter budgets, more expensive productions were being cut.

Is Animal Kingdom a spin off? ›

Animal Kingdom Spin-Off Details Have Been REVEALED.. - YouTube

Who said we are political animals? ›

“man is by nature a political animal” (Aristotle, 1998, 1253a1). this is perhaps one of Ar- istotle's most famous sayings, which is motivated by his claim that “every man, by nature, has an impulse toward a partnership with others” (Aristotle, 1998, 1253a29).

What countries have no animal rights? ›

Some countries such as Morocco, Iran, Algeria, and Belarus were found to still be missing the basic legal framework needed to protect animals, and others do not formally recognise animal sentience in their existing legislation.

Does PETA support animal rights? ›

PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

How is Animal Farm a political satire? ›

Orwell uses humorous satire by making the setting on a farm and the characters animals. Orwell, then, shows the perversion of political ideals and the corruption of power which occur in human societies. The power of the new society becomes corrupt and the people aren't all equal.

How is Animal Farm a political story? ›

One of Orwell's finest works, it is a political fable based on the events of Russia's Bolshevik revolution and the betrayal of the cause by Joseph Stalin. The book concerns a group of barnyard animals who overthrow and chase off their exploitative human masters and set up an egalitarian society of their own.

What is the political message in Animal Farm? ›

The grand theme of Animal Farm has to do with the capacity for ordinary individuals to continue to believe in a revolution that has been utterly betrayed. Orwell attempts to reveal how those in power—Napoleon and his fellow pigs—pervert the democratic promise of the revolution.

Videos

1. Political Animals- Scene Sebastian Stan
(Sebastian Stan Scenes)
2. Political Animals - Premieres 7/15 @ 10/9c on USA
(PoliticalAnimalsUSA)
3. Political Animals مشهد انفعال دوغلاس هاموند
(AAS)
4. Political Animals Trailer
(Video Project)
5. Political Animals - Pilot, Clip 3
(PoliticalAnimalsUSA)
6. Political Animals - "Pilot:" I'm not Beyoncé
(GeezusHaberdash)

You might also like

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Terence Hammes MD

Last Updated: 10/05/2022

Views: 6243

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (49 voted)

Reviews: 88% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Terence Hammes MD

Birthday: 1992-04-11

Address: Suite 408 9446 Mercy Mews, West Roxie, CT 04904

Phone: +50312511349175

Job: Product Consulting Liaison

Hobby: Jogging, Motor sports, Nordic skating, Jigsaw puzzles, Bird watching, Nordic skating, Sculpting

Introduction: My name is Terence Hammes MD, I am a inexpensive, energetic, jolly, faithful, cheerful, proud, rich person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.